Went to a hiking/fishing/swimming co-op at Pine lake today. Just as we turned into the park we saw a deer with two speckled fawns.
The day was gorgeous, but the cirrus clouds gave away the fact that the weather was going to change at some point.
We didn’t swim because the river was too fast (I know it doesn’t look fast and high right there, but it was fast and even when not high it was too full of rocks.)
Our shelter was also home to mud swallows, the fledglings were sitting on the roof keeping the bugs at bay.
Those who had poles started fishing.
Those who didn’t started hiking and Grace spotted the big find of the day, a juvenile bald eagle.
The cormorants were fishing on the other side of the lake, if I were a fish…I’d stay in the middle.
There were lots of wildflowers and berries!
We ate currants, raspberries and tons of gooseberries. Our fingers were a bit stained. I know it’s mathematically impossible, but it seemed that if I picked 3 berries the girls at 4, which would give me -1 berries, but I swear the more I picked the more they ate. Hannah found mushrooms, maybe they are the Jack O’Lantern kind?
At any rate, we don’t eat wild mushrooms – too much room for error. I went behind the eagle to get a few more pics of it, he sat on the first tree for about an hour, then flew to the second tree and was still sitting there when we left.
Annalivia said she was catching some fish, but wanted hot dogs to eat.
The cormorant family, the babies are sitting in the foreground.
We had hot dogs, sodas and chips for lunch, we never did catch a fish (but we did catch a baby duck!) We heard the thunderstorm and saw it moving over the valley, the ranger came by and told us to clear out in about 30 min. or we’d be stuck in the shelter while the rain, hail and lightning passed right over us. So, we all packed up and left. It was so cool to see that eagle and all of the other flowers and fauna.